Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters

Break My Heart 1,000 Times
Good Reads Summary
Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters

 Living in the aftermath of the Event means that seeing the dead is now a part of life, but Veronica wishes that the ghosts would just move on. Instead, the ghosts aren't disappearing--they're gaining power.

When Veronica and her friend, Kirk, decide to investigate why, they stumble upon a more sinister plot than they ever could have imagined. One of Veronica's high school teachers is crippled by the fact that his dead daughter has never returned as a ghost, and he's haunted by the possibility that she's waiting to reappear within a fresh body. Veronica seems like the perfect host. And even if he's wrong, what's the harm in creating one more ghost?

From critically acclaimed Generation Dead author Daniel Waters, comes a delectably creepy and suspenseful thriller. Break My Heart 1,000 Times will leave readers with the chills. Or is that a ghost reading over the page?

My Thoughts
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

It's the creepy and atmospheric thing of the first half that was the strongest part in all this. Then of course, there’s how it’s different in how ghosts are the norm and somehow the byproduct of an (largely unexplained) Event years passed. Later on, it turns into this 'catch me if you can' but more like 'catch me in the act' because absolutely everyone knows who is up to no good! But a little odd was how things felt paused as if a majority of those in the know were waiting for something to happen, and someone else to act. In the meantime, each of them is specifically drawn, so that we know each player quite well: there's Ronnie, and Kirk, and their teachers and then there's Brian:

There’s Ronnie who’s remarkable in her confidence and easy acceptance of things. She is what draws everyone else in: from the boys, to the odd ball best friend, to the grieving mother… and yes even  to a ghost or two  as well as to some other crazies. It’s the last two that livens things up a bit (or should I say darkens it a shade more?) because while figuring out who plays what role is revealed early on, then things become just a matter of waiting things out, waiting them out as to what they’ve got planned.

There’s Kirk, the guy is remarkable in how not an asshole he could get. Get this, it’s not how he looks, though that’s briefly mentioned, rather it’s more because he’s cynical and on her level that there’s a connection made at all. They both possess a realistic perspective, him to the point of being cynical and her not almost but not quite on that level…yet. Anyway, Kirk is basically average boy who likes the girl and wants to catch her attention.

Then there’s Brian, the ghost (one of plenty in fact) who has a past of his own. Seeing developments on this end of the story, particularly as to feelings of certain characters directed at him was odd. Imagine falling for a picture of a guy: odd and sad because obviously you wonder if it really is going the direction it seemed to be headed, when there’s this other part of me wholly expectant of nothing ever going past a certain determined point, a little like…no, a lot like that love connection between Cas and Anna. And if that comparison makes no sense to you, with him being dead and her being not so, I ask, how pray tell are things to pan out? Of course, at this point, I realized I was reading too much into things and should just let whatever was coming come.)

So, it would be easy to say that every single person here is to be drawn to Ronnie, but that may not be the most accurate thing to say. All of them are so cleverly and individually drawn that even if things do start with her, it doesn’t stay just with her. Sure, she's girl confident, and Kirk is in love then Brian is Brian, but it’s the baddy in this one and us knowing who he is and why he’s doing certain things that made things more interesting. Yet even when you couple all that with the oddness of everyone else having an inkling as to what he's capable of whilst nothing's done, I still enjoyed this.

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